Quick gifts

I love being able to whip up a quick gift to send to a friend.

I had a towel in my stash & it seemed to be whispering my name. So I went shopping in the Silhouette Design store to find a cut file I liked.


After a measurement error & my 2nd scrap of black HTV, I ended up with a nice, simple gift I could throw in my care package.

Yes, even seasoned Silhouette users make mistakes. And do you know, often times you learn more from making a mistake than not. At least in my experience, I remember things better the next time when I’ve made a mistake or had to research how to do something. Does that mean I won’t make the same mistake again? No! But I may laugh at myself more the next time!

How do you learn to use the machine? You play, you practice, you research, you create!

I love learning what new technique or new project I can do with my Silhouette Cameo.

Enjoy!

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Beach Home decor

Sometimes you just can’t pass by something in the craft store. I really don’t need any more paper in my craft stash but beach themed was calling my name…… and it jumped in my cart.

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These images were all part of 12 x 12 sheet of paper and I cut it apart to make 4 – 6 x 6 squares. I found canvas blanks that were the same size and used Mod Podge to add the paper onto the canvas. Once the Mod Podge was dry, I sponged some ink on the edges of each one to match the background colors.

These canvas squares do not have backing on them so I will just add a 3M hanger to the back to hang on our walls.
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I only used one sheet of paper and now have the entire pack to use for other projects. A very low cost home decor item that I can change out at any time that came together very quickly.
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Enjoy!

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Paper flowers

After seeing so many neat ideas using the center of the wreath provided in the January wreath kit, I knew I wanted to create something with it.
I was browsing on Pinterest & came across another consultant (Create by Jennifer) who had made a frame decorated with flowers created with the CTMH Flower Market cartridge. She even had the cut file and directions and it didn’t take me long to click Buy.
You can find her post & information to buy the instructions HERE.
FYI: you will need to have purchased the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge in order to cut these files.

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But then that forced me into another issue…. I needed to pull out my Cricut Air and try to get it to play nice. See I’ve had a rough relationship with this machine….. I purchased it thinking I wanted to have it so I could do a good comparison on it versus the Silhouette Cameo. Well, after opening it and trying to create a simple project and the program just spinning on me…. I stuffed it in a corner & covered it up. Anyhow, look for a future post on my Pros and Cons of the Cricut Air machine.

This time when I pulled my machine out, I was a bit surprised that it worked. Once the software updated, I was able to open the file that was sent to me and get my papers prepped for cutting.

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I organized all my papers according to the colors she had on the list of supplies and lined them up, then using 2 mats, I rotated them in and out of the machine and just started a pile of cut pieces. It took me about an hour to get them all cut out. But, that is much less time than if I used my Expression machine and punched in each button. The file was all lined out with the pieces on each mat by color and 12 mats later, all the pieces were cut.

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The next morning I sat down to sort all the flowers and to assemble them. While my finished project isn’t exactly how I imagined it…. it still shows a great selection of the different flowers you can make using the CTMH Flower Market Cartridge.

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The supplies used to create this are:

CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
CTMH colored card stock
CTMH Liquid Glass adhesive
CTMH wreath center from January Paper wreath kit
CTMH Rustic Homes paper
CTMH White Enamael gems
CTMH Clear Sparkles
CTMH Gold Glitter Paper

The wreath kit is available until January 31, 2017 and is FREE with a $60 purchase or can be purchased for $18.95.
Here is my original wreath that I created and I fell in love with it, even though it’s not something I would typically create.

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Find this Wreath kit and so many more awesome supplies on my site:
EllyMae.ctmh.com.

Enjoy!
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‘Twas the Night before Christmas

I’ve seen variations of this all over and I just had to try it.

This was a bit difficult to weed the vinyl but I was determined. I wanted this image on my charger plate. I ended up cutting it twice and then coaxing it along while weeding & applying it, but I love the end result.

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I decided I needed to cut up the words a bit & applied in pieces. It seemed to lay on the charger & go on better with less bubbles.

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And done….. another Christmas decoration off my to- do list.

I hope you enjoy your Christmas Eve!